Millennials are a generation with so much to deal with on a daily basis that they are prone to succumbing to stress. Cultures have transformed worldwide immensely for about three decades. This is the main reason the older generation are always at loggerheads with millennials. For example, they find the culture of spending time on the phone irritating and unacceptable. On the complete contrast, the life of a millennial is conjoined to their smartphone. They cannot stay away from their phone for a single day without risking a big miss out of vital information and trends. It is only daily access to their smartphones that they are able to maintain relevance.
The new lifestyle brings with it new problems too. Anxiety disorders are just among the numerous psychological issues that millennials face today. Deterioration of the mental and physical health of millennials arises from the pressure of their busy lifestyle. Keeping up with the excessively rapid changes in social norms is undeniably hectic. What is most disturbing is that the older generation barely help relieve this pressure. Their contradictory understanding and perception towards the lifestyle leads them to make disastrous decisions that do not help. The elderly’s contribution to millennials' stress is mostly overlooked by society.
Let us explore four major stress relief strategies that you can incorporate into a busy lifestyle.
Confinement may bring solitude for self-reflections but is not entirely helpful in stress relief. Get time to explore the free expansive exterior. Avoid busy city environments. If you live in a congested city, find a park within the city that is silent and empty. Many studies have indicated that going outdoors helps to boost your mood. If possible, make it a daily routine.
Take deep breaths in the free air to calm your anxiety. Most often, the anxiety can be relieved from the chest rather than the abdomen, according to experts. Simply breathe by first lying down on the floor and placing one of your hands on your chest and another on your stomach. You will find that your belly inflates like a balloon. Make slow abdominal breaths and you will get the feeling of relaxation.
Maintain "Real" Relationships
With continuous shrinkage of the family, modern families are exposed to solitude and loneliness. Millennials are hence dependent onto exterior influence from peers. Busy lifestyles separate siblings and steal away family time. For example, millennials will spend most of their time chatting away with friends while at home with family. They end with numerous virtual friends they have never met who take most of their time as opposed to family members they can see and physically relate with directly.
Social networks become the natural platforms for human interactions. Physical encounters are not as valued and millennials are looking for technological solutions to satisfy all of their emotional needs. It is important to remember, however, that virtual relationships can never completely fill the void that the lack of "real" relationships leaves behind. Do not underestimate the power of a hug, eye contact, and face to face conversations. You will be surprised to see how many stressful situations can be avoided when you have the right people around you.
Sleep, Eat, And Sweat
Living a healthy life is not only meant for the elderly, as is the perception among the young people. Studies reveal that most millennials spend their bed time awake mostly on the Internet. They suppress Melatonin hormone, which is responsible for initiating sleep later at night. Coupled with academic demands such as assignments and peer influence for entertainment, the young one’s natural process get affected. Sleep deprivation affects emotion management and eventually deters the decision making process. Ultimately, avoiding sleep to stay online, increases stress levels.
Choose a good night’s sleep as regularly as possible. If possible, ensure it is a dark room in the night. Eating well and exercising contribute to stress relief through healthy living. Observe your bedtime to keep it as a schedule. Several studies indicate that students who get good rest perform better in exams than those who spend time awake cramming.
Face Your Fears
Most millennials grew up listening to inspiring statements that made them feel special and exceptional. It is vital to avoid living with the wrong perceptions such as "life is easy" and "you will be whatever you want to be just by wanting it". The fact is it is rough and you are not well prepared to face it until you roughen up too. Many millennials have been brought up in soft environments where most of their needs were covered by their parents. They barely face their problems directly on their own. To fight stress, you will need to quit the comfort zone and address the anxiety and stress around you. Know that anxiety, for example, is a normal phenomenon in humans as a siren to warn us of danger. It helps you focus and improve your performance. Once you start facing your fears on your own, you will see that those things that elevated your stress levels before, do not affect you as much.